Hiking - Rennsteig - Stage 3 - From Spießberghaus to Grenzadler
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After the first two strenuous stages, a more relaxed section awaits you on tour number 3 from the Bergkämmen near Friedrichroda to Oberhof..
You start at the Spie;berghaus and hike towards S Ebertswiese. After about 5 km, you will pass the Pirschkopf and the quarry in the Spittergrund and reach the Berghotel (currently closed) at the beautiful mountain meadow. At the not far away Neue Ausspanne near Tambach-Dietharz, hardy people can already have their first Thüringer Bratwurst in the morning. The local snack bar is a real recommendation. The modern Rennsteig House offers bikers and hikers public sanitary facilities, a rest area and a small workshop for repairs.
From the Nesselberg, the trail descends to the Weidensuhlswiese meadow and continues through the dense forest to the Sperrhügel. Past the Neuhöfer Wiese you will soon reach the Wachsenrasen and the Hoher Schorn lookout tower.
You soon meet the asphalted roller track of the Skisportzentrum am Grenzadler. The competition courses for biathletes and cross-country skiers run here. At the end of the tour, the Gasthof "Thüringer Hütte" and the Schanzenbaude await. Those who still have energy at the end of the tour can descend to Oberhof and take the path through the competition area along the sports stadiums.
Rest stopsBerggasthof Ebertswiese
Rennsteighaus Neue Ausspanne
Safety informationAlways follow the signposted hiking trails on your hike. The Rennsteig is marked with a white R throughout;
Tips and hints
The Rennsteig on thueringer-wald.com
Unterkünfte direkt am Rennsteig
You can reach the Spie;berghaus by foot coming from the west from the bus stop of the Heuberghaus, which is not far away. The bus line 856 runs there from Reinhardsbrunn. To plan your journey, please use the travel portal of Deutsche Bahn.
From Grenzadler, the Bus 428 runs to Oberhof (bus station) and continues as Line 422 towards Zella-Mehlis (Deutsche Bahn).
To the Spie;berghaus / Heuberghaus:
A direct connection search from Oberhof (Grenzadler) to the bus stop Heuberghaus you can call up here:
Travel information Oberhof (Grenzadler) → Heuberghaus.
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Coming from the A4, take exit 41b (Gotha Boxberg) and continue south-west on the L1027 towards Wahlwinkel and Waltershausen. Follow the road and change to the L1026 towards Friedrichroda / Reinhardsbrunn.
After the Schlosspark, turn onto the B88 towards Bad Tabarz and leave it at the next junction to the south on Tabarzer Strasse towards Sportbad / Kleinschmalkalden. Follow the road (again as L1026) through the village uphill into the Thüringer Wald forest to the Heuberghaus.
To get to the Spießberghaus, take an asphalted forest road and turn left to the south-east at the Heuberghaus.
Use either the large car park at the Heuberghaus (Google NAV point) or the parking facilities directly at the Spie;berghaus (Google NAV point).
Book recommendation by the author
Thuringia: Rennsteig (OutdoorHandbuch) (The Way is the Goal) Paperback.
Hikeline Fernwanderweg Rennsteig, 169 km: On the historic ridge trail through the Thuringian Forest to the Franconian Forest. Hiking guide and map 1 : 35,000, weatherproof paperback.
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EquipmentSturdy shoes, rainwear, water supply, GPS device, first aid kit
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